1670 Imperium Sinicum Quindecupartitum

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By: Athanasius Kircher

Date: 1670 (circa) Amsterdam

Dimensions: 11.6 x 15.2 inches (29.5 cm x 38.6 cm)

This is an authentic, antique map of 17th century China, which includes much of Japan and Korea by Athanasius Kircher. The map was published out of Amsterdam circa 1670.

This fine map of China and Korea greatly advance European knowledge of the area during the time it was produced. The map is based on the works compiled by the Jesuit Father Martino Martini, whom gathered numerous Chinese sources between 1643 and 1650. The map gives correct locations of many cities and topographical features. The trade route between Canton and Peking is noted and the Great Wall and the Gobi Desert are both graphically pictured. This is Kircher's first copperplate engraving, which was followed by a second version with different cartouches, but the same title.

Condition: This map is in A condition with full margins and lovely hand coloring.

Inventory #19069

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